With Christmas fast approaching, the Salvation Army is still looking for some help in making the season merry for local, needy children.

With Christmas fast approaching, the Salvation Army is still looking for some help in making the season merry for local, needy children.


The Salvation Army of Grayson County reports that between 1,000 and 1,500 angels have yet to be adopted from its annual Angel Tree charity drive. The drive is scheduled to end Saturday in order to give Salvation Army employees and volunteers a chance to sort the donations.


Maj. Helene Wildish, who has been a part of the Salvation Army for 26 years, said she believes that, while the economy was a factor in the lack of donations, the biggest contributor was the heavy winter storm that hit the region late last week.


"We’ve had a week of bad weather, so people haven’t been out to adopt the angels," said Wildish. "I’ve never seen weather like this."


The charity drive helps provide toys and presents for needy children, ages 0-12, during the Christmas season by allowing shoppers at local stores to "adopt" them, and purchase the gifts the children requested. The unwrapped gifts are later distributed to the families by the Salvation Army. Wildish said the gifts are left unwrapped to allow the parents to wrap them.


"We want (the parents) to be Santa Claus," she said.


The Salvation Army has Angel Tree locations at the Midway Mall, and JCPenney in Sherman, and the Walmart stores in Sherman and Denison. Gifts can be returned to the Angel Tree where the angel was adopted, or to the Salvation Army locations at 5700 Texoma Pkwy. in Sherman, or 300 Armstrong Ave in Denison. Wildish is asking for gifts to be delivered to the locations by 4 p.m. on Saturday.


"I can’t imagine any kid waking up on Christmas and not finding something under the Christmas tree," said Wildish. "I am asking the community to be an angel and adopt an angel. … In 26 years, not one kid has not been given a Christmas."